Origin: A skill the British acquired from rampaging Viking invaders in Northumberland who had a nasty habit of carrying off local women. In the male dominated Ancient Britain, Anglo Saxon men were challenged to run faster carrying their chattels on their backs. As a sport, Wife Carrying achieved world championship status in 1991.
Objective: Sling wife/girlfriend over your back, visualise the Great Heathen Army right behind you and run like hell over 415 yards over a series of obstacles.
Level of training required: Intense.
Technique: There are five different carrying positions to enjoy, as shown in the video below.